Equifax data breach -
What you should know and do
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- The hackers stole 143 million records containing personal information (Social Security Numbers, Driver’s License Numbers, Birthdates, email addresses, etc.).
- It occurred in May and was discovered by Equifax on July 29.
- Equifax disclosed the breach publicly last week.
- There is much discussion and debate as to exactly how the hackers gained access. We know it was through an Equifax website, though.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
- Assume your personal information has been stolen and has been for sale on the Internet for several months.
- Check your back accounts daily (especially your business accounts) and credit card statements at least monthly.
- Beware of phone calls asking you for personal information – HANG UP!
- Beware of phishing scams that appear to come from Equifax, your bank, credit card companies, and others.
- DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS IN ANY EMAIL unless you are absolutely sure who sent it and that it is safe!
- If you get an email telling you to change your password on any site, bank, retailer, etc. DELETE THE EMAIL, open your browser, manually enter the URL of the site, and change your password there.
- Always use different, unique, STRONG passwords for every site. To make that easier and more secure, use a password manager such as Last Pass.
- Check your credit reports for free at www.annualcreditreport.com
ADDITIONAL STEPS YOU CAN TAKE
- Check Equifax for up-to-date information: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com There you can enroll in complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring.
- Sign up for paid credit file and identity theft monitoring. There are many organizations that offer that service.
- Freeze your credit reports AFTER you sign up for credit monitoring. Each state is different. Info on how to do that can be found here: http://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/credit-education/preventing-fraud/security-freeze/
For more things you can do to keep yourself and your data safe please visit our Cyber Security Resource Center
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